ANZAC Cup & VRC St Leger punting tips for ANZAC day at Flemington

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ON a day when we remember the heroes from both Australian and New Zealand that sacrificed their lives for our freedom, we must also remember the brave horses that carried our troops into battle.

In honour of the thousands of horses that represented the ANZAC’s – we have a cracking ANZAC Day meeting at Flemington which features the VRC St Leger and the ANZAC Cup, where a few runners will be looking to make the push towards the Melbourne Cup.

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The racing starts with The Euroa Handicap where Miss Vista has plunged in the betting.

Race 1 – The Euroa R70 Handicap (1000m)

The George Osborne-trained Miss Vista has been well backed into $2.05 after winning by 5.5 lengths on debut. The filly by Show A Heart ran a slick 1000m time of 57.31 and easily beat subsequent midweek winner Airlie Magic. This is a much tougher field, but it looked the have plenty in reserve.

Inner City Girl was a stylish winner on debut and has since raced in two tough affairs. The Mark Riley-trained filly finished 13th in the Atlantic Jewel Stakes before running ninth at Mornington last start. Damien Oliver jumps in the saddle for this run and the $17 looks a nice each-way price.

World Of Hope was very average last start, but its form prior included back-to-back wins and it could rebound well. The three-year-old won by a length at Geelong two back before running 11th at Moonee Valley last start. There is some rain around the area and it is unbeaten in two wet starts so expect the $11 to drop if there’s some moisture on the surface.

Race 1 tip: Miss Vista to win ($2.05) at

Race 2 – ANZAC Day 2YO Stakes (1400m)

Biased Witness scored nicely at Pakenham last start and there was plenty of tote support on that occasion. The Robert Smerdon-trained colt is currently paying $4 which looks about fair, but we expect this price to drift out slightly over the weekend.

Pyx Chamber scored for punters last start after promising plenty in its starts prior. The Godolphin colt showed great promise last campaign and it was due to breakthrough last time out at Sandown. The confidence should be up now and the $3.80 on offer isn’t the worst price. Gets all favours from the inside draw.

Smart As You Think ran on well behind Pyx Chamber last start and it’s a type which will only improve with racing. The John McArdle-trained filly is by So You Think and it closed hard late to miss by only 2.5 lengths. The extra distance suits and the $7 is a good each way price.

Race 2 tip: Pyx Chamber to win ($3.80) at

Race 3 – William Newton R84 Handicap (1610m)

Hijack Hussy bring good form into this race, but it will have to lump around 60kg. The Weir-trained mare finished second behind Nevis last start and it was storming home late. It produced a similar effort behind Written in the Gold Bracelet and if it can handle the big weight, it looks the testing material at $4.40.

Testability comes into calculations based on its light weight. The four-year-old mare gets a 3kg claim from Ben Allen which takes its weight down to only 51kg. It is coming off a rating 84 placing at Caulfield where it carried 56kg and the bookmakers are keeping it safe at $4.40. Definite win chance.

Written is paying a value price of $11 following a last start fourth behind Scarlet Billows. The five-year-old is a seven-time winner from 28 starts and doesn’t deserve to be at double-figure odds. It won in this grade five starts back at Caulfield and the wide open Flemington track should play into its hands. Consider at each way odds.

Race 3 tip: Hijack Hussy to win ($4.40) at

Race 4 – Hugo Throssell 3YO Handicap (1400m)

In a wide open field Turbo Miss is the current $5 favourite. The Sebring filly hasn’t finished worse than third at its last five starts and Ben Allen picks up another gun ride. His 3kg claim helps immensely in this and despite drawing wide in barrier 12, it looks a strong winning chance.

Zafiki was a stylish winner on debut at Cranbourne and it can be forgiven for running last in the Sandown Guineas behind Mahuta. This class is much easier and Glen Boss takes over the riding at a nice weight of 55kg. It should progress through the grades nicely the $7 is a value price.

Un de Sceaux is a two-time winner which finished fifth behind Tarquin two back and fifth again behind Rageese last time out. That form looks handy for this and it will get all favours from barrier two. Bookmakers are offering $16 which we’re going to take.

Race 4 tip: Un de Sceaux each way ($16/$4.20) at

Race 5 – VRC St Leger (2800m)

Cool Chap is an up-and-coming stayer which tried hard over 2400m last time out at Sandown. The son of High Chaparral should be able to handle the extra distance based on its breeding and punters seem to agree. The gelding is on the second line of betting at $5 and looks a strong winning hope.

Etymology is the short $2.10 favourite following a taxing campaign which featured the Randwick Guineas, Rosehill Guineas and the ATC Derby. The John O’Shea-trained colt made late ground against Tavago last start which should be good form for this and it has the potential to win by five lengths against this opposition. Looks the horse to beat, but wouldn’t want those odds to shorten.

Hardern showed ability this campaign without winning. The David Brideoake-trained gelding finished third behind Tally in the Alister Clark over 2040m which should hold up well. Its win rate is a concern, but St Leger winners don’t win out of turn. $6 with bookmakers.

Race 5 tip: Etymology to win ($2.10) at

Race 6 – ANZAC Cup (2530m)

High Church comes into this having won back-to-back races and it drops to a nice weight. The Robert Hickmott-trained gelding ran over this distance last start and recorded a narrow win at Morphettville. This is a much tougher race, but the light weight brings it into contention at $5.

Big Memory is on a Melbourne Cup campaign and its last two starts were encouraging. The Tony McEvoy-trained stayer finished second in the Mornington Cup behind Berisha and it looks ready to win again. It has placed on three occasions at Flemington and the lengthy straight will give it time to fully wind up. Has won and placed at this distance and punters are betting the $3.40 available.

Tintaglia has been super impressive winning its last three and it cleared out to win by six lengths last start. The Darren Weir-trained mare has come of age this campaign and it should prove tough to beat again. It can win on any track surface, but a wet track would be best and conditions could suit come race day. Currently on the second line of betting at $4.60.

Race 6 tip: Tintaglia to win ($4.60) at

Race 7 – Peter Armytage Handicap (1700m)

Nevis had great form coming into this with back-to-back wins. The six-year-old defeated Big Memory two starts back at Bendigo and then put 2.5 lengths on Hijack Hussy last start. The form might get franked earlier in the day and if it does, the current price of $3.50 will drop significantly. Drawn wide, but it should find cover over this distance.

Petrology doesn’t win often and that has been picked up by punters, but it is a previous winner on this track and it showed good signs when flashing home last start. The Hayes/Dabernig-trained gelding has had 20 runs in a jam-packed career, but bookmakers are keeping it safe at $6.50 which suggests another good run is likely.

Inspector brings a similar formline as Petrology, but it’s another which has been well backed at $7.50. It has run on in its last two starts and sharp rise to 1700m will suit nicely. It ran sixth over this distance in the Lord Stakes at Caulfield and it shouldn’t be far away in the finish.

Race 7 tip: Nevis to win ($3.50) at

Race 8 – Phillip Schuler Handicap (1200m)

Duibio is a four-win gelding for trainer Ciaron Maher which finished off strongly for second in this grade last start. The four-year-old has won twice at Flemington which is always a good betting statistic and it’s nearing another win shortly. Is the fit runner and looks a chance at $7 after opening at $7.50.

Supido looks a horse on the rise after winning its last four starts for Michael Kent. The lightly-tried four-year-old hasn’t been tested in recent times and it brings an unbeaten course record into this. It’s clearly the most promising horse going forward and punters have dived into the $2.40 that was originally offered – now into $2.25.

Staviva is a long shot chance at $21 based on its win two back. It was slightly disappointing last start, but should be added into calculations for a bit of value.

Race 8 tip: Supido to win ($2.25) at

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